Francesco Giuseppe Biafora

 
 
 
   
Francesco Giuseppe 'Pino' Biafora was born February 10, 1946 in Savelli, Catanzaro(Calabria). He grew up in San Giovanni In Fiore, and at the age of 17 he left Calabria to follow his passion for woodworking. He moved to Como to work in a furniture woodworking shop, where he designed and sketched furniture.
 
Pino would sing and play the guitar, which he learned by ear in his spare time. After his discharge as a corporal, he returned to Como to continue woodworking until May 1970 when he came to Windsor to visit family, and then immigrated upon meeting Anna Iaquinta. In 1971, he married Anna, also from San Giovanni In Fiore and had three daughters together, Filomena, Rosanna and Laura.
During this time he joined I Figli Del Sole as singer and guitarist and while continuing
his passion for music he opened his own business, Biafora Artistic Woodwork on Erie Street.
He was later drafted to the army where he served 14 months in Palmanova, Udine. During his service he explored the mountains and valleys with two other soldiers to draw panoramic sketches and territorial maps used for training and strategy drills.
 
His family was his life.  He lived for them, he loved them unconditionally and gave them everything he could.  As a family they travelled to many places throughout the years and continued to travel with Anna yearly to Mexico with family and friends enjoying every minute of his life.  Pino lived his life to the fullest, without regret.
His presence was an inspiration to all those around him.  His legacy lives on everyday by the ones who love and miss him most.